Looking Back, Looking Forward

January 16, 2011

It was two years ago when I walked into my first Salsa class. And what a difference those two years have made.

I had never taken a dance class in my life before I walked into Sergio and Salud’s class that Monday night. Always feeling like the shy, quite geeky guy, there was some trepidation when, after the warm up, Sergio announced “Gentlemen walk up to any lady, if you don’t know her introduce yourself.” Not knowing what to expect, I found a partner. Let’s be very honest here, Bull in a China Shop didn’t even begin to describe how I felt. But with a lot of gentle patience, I managed to get the hang of Salsa. One of the most encouraging words a woman said to me was “Wow, you’re fun to dance with.” To this day any woman that says that gets a special place in my heart.

Two years later, my confidence level has soared. I can walk up to any woman in any club and ask her to dance. And if she happens to say no, I know it’s not the end of the world.  I have the confidence to go out to make her feel like the most beautiful woman on the dance floor.  One of the best feelings in the world is the knowledge that she trusts you on the dance floor. A woman that trusts you too look out for her will really open up and starts throwing the sexy, playful moves.

I know that  I still have a long road ahead of me before I’m anywhere near “He’s the most amazing dancer I’ve ever seen” comments, but looking back, I do see a long road behind me of the distance I’ve come. And I’m pretty lucky to have some amazing teachers and amazing dance partners to encourage me a long the way. It’s all about the mileage on the dance shoes.